Jeffrey Awada

  • Associate Professor

Jef is an actor, director, movement coach, and teacher. His interest in diverse perspectives on movement training has led him to study traditional commedia dell'arte with John Rudlin, Suzuki technique with Yukihiro Goto, clown with Philippe Gaulier and Ronlin Foreman, and Russian scenic movement with Andrei Droznin.

Prior to earning his MFA in Performance Pedagogy, Jef worked as an actor in New York and around the country. Highlights include: New Works festivals at P.S. 122 and The American Livingroom Series at HERE in New York City; co-founder/performer/writer of Scary Little Town, an ensemble-based sketch comedy troupe; Mr. Tumnus in Oregon Children's Theatre Drammy award winning The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Scrooge for the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company; The Wigmaker in Rashomon for the Pitt Repertory Theatre.

His directing credits include, Mary Zimmerman's Arabian Nights and Romeo and Juliet for St. Louis Shakespeare Co., Fables for Metro Theatre Co., and Cloud 9 and The Insect Play at Webster University. As a movement director for the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Jef coached productions of The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Othello, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. In the classroom, he has designed and taught courses as varied as Acting for Animators at the Ringling College of Art and Design, Traditional Commedia Movement Styles for Russian students at the Shchukin Institute of the Vahktangov Theatre in Moscow, and red nose clown in New Delhi. He currently teaches movement at the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

Education & Training

  • MFA in Performance Pedagogy, University of Pittsburgh, 2006
  • Professional Training Program, DelliArt School of Physical Theatre, 2002
  • BFA, Emerson College, 1993